The park is shaped in a half-circle, and surrounds the southern Milan urban area. Its vast dimensions make it an important "greenhing" along this belt. It has the Milan plain's characteristic features: irrigated areas and intense cereal growing activity.
The Province of Milan manages this park.
Its main objectives are protecting and enhancing the landscape and environment between city andcountry, creating ecological balance in the metropolitan area, and promoting activities for the city's residents.
The fundamental, central element uniting these aims lies in the preservation and promotion of agricultural activities.
Large natural reserves are included within the park's agricultural areas. Programmes and projects in favour of sustainable development are currently being organised and applied in all of these areas.